While according to the memes on Facebook, “leftover wine” is an oxymoron, in the non-social-media world, we’ve all had the rare need to save half-opened bottles of wine for serving at a later date. The key is to keep that wine as fresh as possible for maximum enjoyment.
Can wine be frozen?
Yes, wine can be frozen. It freezes at a lower temperature than water due to the alcohol content but will freeze at the temperature of most home freezers – approximately -10○C.
While it is safe to drink wine that has been frozen after some time, it may be better suited to cooking than drinking.
Why wine doesn’t keep well
To appreciate our tip for the best way to store leftover wine, it’s important to understand why wine sours so quickly after being opened. The answer is air.
This is why re-corking a wine bottle and storing it in the fridge will keep the wine fresh for another day on average. Not being able to remove air from a bottle of wine is what causes oxidation, the process that makes wine turn sour.
However, the cold temperatures will slow down the oxidation process somewhat — and that holds true for red wine as well as white — making this the better option to storing that opened bottle of Cabernet on the countertop; which you might as well throw out if you do.
So, what the best way to store leftover wine…
The best way to store leftover wine only costs a few dollars, and you don’t need any special gadget — just a mason jar.
What’s the trick? Simply pour your wine into the jar, filling it as close to the brim as you possibly can, and store it in the fridge.
The rings and lids on mason jars make an airtight seal, which works just as well for wine storage as it does for pickling and canning.
How long will the wine keep?
When stored in a mason jar, leftover wine can keep in near-perfect condition for up to five whole days — although we just can’t imagine why anyone would need to store it for that long.
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